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European Institute for Gender Equality

European Institute for Gender Equality

The European Institute for Gender Equality assists the European institutions and the EU countries with integrating the principle of equality into their policies and with combating discrimination based on sex. The Institute also informs European Union (EU) citizens about this issue.


Gender equality is a fundamental right under the Treaty of Lisbon and a priority policy of the European Union (EU). However, further progress must be made in order to achieve real gender equality in the spheres of both professional and private life.

In this respect, the European Institute for Gender Equality plays a significant role in providing the expertise needed to develop gender equality policies across the EU.

Aims of the Institute

The Institute brings its technical expertise to the European institutions and the EU countries in order to help to:

  • promote and strengthen gender equality;
  • include gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and resulting national policies;
  • fight discrimination based on sex;
  • raise EU citizens' awareness, specifically through conferences and publicity campaigns.

The Institute bases its work on objective, comparable and reliable data at European level. It is responsible for collecting, analysing and disseminating this information.

It also analyses information collected from international organisations and non-EU countries. Lastly, it contributes to integrating the principle of gender equality into European external policy.

The Institute promotes the exchange of experience and dialogue between all relevant stakeholders, specifically the social partners, non-governmental organisations and research centres.


The Institute performs its tasks in an independent and transparent manner. It is led by a Management Board, with the support of a Director and is assisted by an Experts’ advisory forum. Its seat is in Vilnius (Lithuania).

In particular, it cooperates with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.


It entered into force on 19 January 2007.


Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing a European Institute for Gender Equality (OJ L 403, 30.12.2006, pp. 9–17)

The successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 30.10.2015